The Artful Soul

December 2005

I made this piece for my mother for Christmas. She had seen the heart that I made for the 2005 QuiltSwap and wanted me to make her something similar. Since I couldn’t bring myself to make it exactly the same, it only made sense to try and make her heart.

It is made from three pieces tied together and is sewn onto Peltex so that it is stiff enough to stand up on its own.

The quotation on the back is from Picasso:

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

My mother is an oil painter and used her art in the same way that I use mine — in the same way that, I think from his quotation — Picasso used his.

The background fabric is black painted with metallic paint using stamps. Sequins, beads, crystals, and metallic threads were also used to give the piece sparkle.

The pictures are printed onto fabric using Epson Durabrite inks. They show five generations of women in the matriarchal line of my family.


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